Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday 218: Tall Bearded Iris













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Teaser Tuesday 313: The Garden Plot

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is from yet another cozy mystery, The Garden Plot by Marty Wingate, who was the April featured cozy author.



He couldn’t stay away. The thought of what lay beneath the earthen floor had consumed him for months.

(Prologue)

~*~*~*~

Around the edges of the extended ledge, she could see the ground far below—it shifted slightly and she felt dizzy. She leaned back in.


(Chapter 8)




ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: The Potting Shed #1

In an entirely appealing mystery debut, Marty Wingate introduces readers to a curious Texas ex-pat whose English gardening expertise on occasion leads her to unearth murderous goings-on.


Pru Parke always dreamed of living in England. And after the Dallas native follows an impulse and moves to London, she can’t imagine ever leaving—though she has yet to find a plum position as a head gardener. Now, as the sublet on her flat nears its end, the threat of forced departure looms. Determined to stay in her beloved adopted country, Pru takes small, private gardening jobs throughout the city.

On one such gig in Chelsea, she makes an extraordinary find. Digging in the soil of a potting shed, Pru uncovers an ancient Roman mosaic. But enthusiasm over her discovery is soon dampened when, two days later, she finds in the same spot a man’s bludgeoned corpse. As the London police swarm her worksite, ever inquisitive Pru can’t quite manage to distance herself from the investigation—much to the dismay of stern Detective Chief Inspector Christopher Pearse. It seems that, much as he tries, even handsome DCI Pearse can’t keep Pru safe from a brutal killer who thinks she’s already dug up too much.




Saturday, May 21, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

Teaser Tuesday 312: Nightmares Can be Murder

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser is from Nightmares Can Be Murder by Mary Kennedy, book one in a newer series. Overall, not a bad start to a series -- I would probably read book two.



The voices faded then, and I quickly unlocked the door and stepped into the hallway. I was shaken and confused by what I’d heard.


(Chapter 15)










ABOUT THE BOOK:
Series: Dream Club #1

Business consultant Taylor Blake has returned to Savannah, Georgia, to help her sister Allison turn her dream of running an old-fashioned candy store into a reality. Allison is also interested in dream interpretation and invites Taylor to her Friday night Dream Club, where members meet once a week to share and analyze their dreams.

When a local dance instructor, Chico Hernandez, is found dead in his studio, and the murder scene has an eerie resemblance to one of the dreams shared at their meeting, Taylor can’t help but be intrigued. And when her sister, who was briefly involved with the dance teacher, becomes the prime suspect, Taylor and their fellow club members can’t be caught napping. It’s up to them to dream up a solution to the murder before Allison faces a real-life nightmare.



Thursday, May 12, 2016

Skywatch Friday 148





We've had a lot of mostly cloudy
to overcast skies this past week . . . 




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Thursday Thirteen 416: Gallistel Woods

More photos from my walk on Earth Day, April 22 -- this time from Gallistel Woods behind the Visitor Center, which also encompasses the Wetlands and Teal Pond.



Toothwort


Toothwort


Trout Lily


Trout Lily


Rue Anemone


Marsh Marigolds in the Wetlands


Male Mallard duck, Wetlands


Teal Pond -- you see all those gray "stones"?
Those are actually turtles.


Two turtles sun themselves on a log at Teal Pond.


Sandhill Crane nesting in the Wetlands


Bluebells


Gallistel Woods -- Not sure what this one is


More Bluebells




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Monday, May 09, 2016

Teaser Tuesday 311: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



My teaser for this week comes from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, an April group read. This book was heavily criticized when it was originally published for being “course” and “brutal.” Her sister, Charlotte, especially believed the subject matter to be inappropriate. It was a bit emotional in some sections, but overall I loved it!


In attempting to disengage himself, his foot slipped, and down he tumbled—but not to the earth—the tree still kept him suspended. There was a silent struggle, and then a piercing shriek—but, in an instant, I had dropped my gun on the grass, and caught the little fellow in my arms.


(Chapter 2: An Interview)






ABOUT THE BOOK:

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall is a powerful and sometimes violent novel of expectation, love, oppression, sin, religion, and betrayal. It portrays the disintegration of the marriage of Helen Huntingdon, the mysterious “tenant” of the title, and her dissolute, alcoholic husband. Defying convention, Helen leaves her husband to protect their young son from his father’s influence, and earns her own living as an artist. Whilst in hiding at Wildfell Hall, she encounters Gilbert Markham, who falls in love with her.

On its first publication in 1848, Anne Bronte’s second novel was criticized for being “course” and “brutal”. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall challenges the social conventions of the early nineteenth century in a strong defense of women’s rights in the face of psychological abuse from their husbands. Anne Bronte’s style is bold, naturalistic and passionate, and this novel, which her sister Charlotte considered “an entire mistake”, has earned Anne a position in English literature in her own right, not just as the youngest member of the Bronte family.




Thursday, May 05, 2016

Skywatch Friday 147









From a day at the UW Arboretum, taken April 22 



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Thursday Thirteen 415: Walking in Wingra Woods

Scenes from a walk in Wingra Woods, UW Arboretum, on 22 April -- Earth Day . . .




Many wooded paths were lined with violets


Cozy forest home




Bitterroot, a spring ephemeral


A path through Wingra Woods -- trees
and shrubs were starting to lea
f


Near one of the natural springs 


There were a TON of marsh marigolds near Big Spring 


Big Spring feeds into Lake Wingra 


Doesn't that water look cold?


You can see some of the marsh marigolds in this photo


There was a lot of toothwort, too -- another ephemeral


Dead trees and logs host new life


A glimpse of Lake Wingra through the trees.



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Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Wordless Wednesday 215: Sandhill Crane

Can you see me?



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Teaser Tuesday 310: Death at Breakfast

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!



This week’s teaser comes from Death at Breakfast by Beth Gutcheon, which I received from the publisher through a giveaway at Goodreads.


Her rear wheels had clipped the guardrail and started a spin, he guessed. The guardrail was torn out and the right front tire was hanging entirely in the air over the drop.

(Day four)










ABOUT THE BOOK:

Retired New York City private school head Maggie Detweiler and her old friend, society matron Hope Babbin, are off on a weeklong vacation to Maine, to visit Hope’s son and attend a master cooking class at the picturesque Oquossoc Mountain Inn. The worst tragedy they anticipate is a boring fellow guest or a fallen soufflĂ©.

But their quiet idyll is disrupted by the arrival at the inn of a boorish couple, Alexander and Lisa Antippas, and Lisa’s sister, Glory. Imperious Hollywood one-percenters, Alex and Lisa are also the parents of the latest pop sensation, teen icon Artemis. Discord enters with the family, closely followed by disaster. When a suspicious late-night fire at the inn is brought under control, Alex’s charred body is found in the ashes.

Enter the local deputy sheriff, Buster Babbin, who is Hope’s long-estranged son and a former student of Maggie’s. Buster needs a success, and Hope and Maggie, informed by a lifetime of observing human nature, coupled with a certain cynicism about small town justice and a healthy dose of curiosity, decide there is role for them to play here.

A psychological puzzle set in scenic small-town New England, Dead at Breakfast is a wickedly engaging entertainment from bestselling Beth Gutcheon.




Sunday, May 01, 2016